Welcome to the NT Mental Health Coalition

The Northern Territory Mental Health Coalition (NTMHC) is the peak body for community managed (NGO) mental health sector in the Northern Territory. The NTMHC has a network of around 200 individuals, organisations and stakeholders including a membership of about 35 organisations across the Northern Territory.

The NT Mental Health Coalition is a full member of the Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) and a founding and board member of Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA).

NTMHC engages and consults regularly with the NGO community mental health sector, its’ members and stakeholders through workshops, surveys, forums, one on one discussions, social media, events such as Mental Health Week promotion, phone and email contact.

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Roundtable Alice Springs & Darwin April 2017

Please view the video/audio and pictures to our first two roundtables. A report will be posted in the coming weeks.

Latest News

Housing, Homelessness and Mental Health Workshops Darwin 5 April 2017

This initiative has involved 8 workshops during March – April 2017 (one in each capital city) aimed to get jurisdictional input to better understand the national picture of housing, homeless and mental health in order to develop pol icy and research directions by injecting ‘housing affordability and supply’ into the national mental health debate. The workshops included highly participative exercises and were based on a discussion paper developed by the Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) .
To view a summary version of outputs captured during the workshop, click here

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National Rural Health Alliance NT

The reported prevalence of mental illness in rural and remote Australia appears similar to that of major cities. Access to mental health services are substantially more limited than in major cities. Tragically, rates of self-harm and suicide increase with remoteness. To view the latest  Mental Health Fact Sheet click here

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New report highlights need for government support for informal mental health carers

Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia (NT) is calling on the Territory and Federal Government to protect existing supports for mental health carers, following the release of a major new report showing informal mental health carers are contributing $13.2 billion annually caring for people with mental illness, 1.7 times more than government investment in mental health services nationally. For the Media Release click here
Click here for the full report

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Community Mental Health Australia 2017-18 Federal Pre-Budget Submission

CMHA have completed their 2017-2018 Federal Pre-Budget Submission. The Pre-Budget Submission has been developed in consultation with the States and Territories. The Submission puts forward six defined budget initiatives that are concrete measures to address issues occurring with the various mental health reforms and the NDIS that could be considered for inclusion in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. View the submission here

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Music & Mental Health Workshops

Workshops for music, health and education practitioners and carers of people experiencing mental health challenges. Saturday 6th May 2017 at Charles Darwin University. For more information or to register by April 24 email: nt@austmta.org.au

To view Carers NT – Program Update – Mental Health Education and Carer Support Programs, click here

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Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS – The provision of services under the NDIS for people with psychosocial disabilities related to a mental health condition.

The Coalition in partnership with NTCOSS and NT Shelter developed a draft document.  It was then decided that each organisation should submitted their own submissions highlighting the issues facing the  Northern Territory in the rollout of the NDIS. To read the submissions and to see who else provided submissions Click here.

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National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy

A new strategy for inclusion and action.
LGBTI Australians are more likely to attempt suicide and to harm themselves than the general population. They are also more likely to be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Transgender people aged 18 and over are nearly 11 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population, and intersex people aged 16 and over are nearly six times more likely. Young LGBTI people – those aged between 16 and 17 – are five times more likely. Now, the peak body for LGBTI health in Australia, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, has created a National LGBTI Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Strategy – the first of its kind in Australia, and a global rarity too.
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newparadigm, the Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation

NT Mental Health Coalition, as a member of Community Mental Health Australia (CHMA), is pleased to announce that from 2017, newparadigm, the Australian Journal on Psychosocial Rehabilitation, will be published in partnership between (Psychiatric Disability Services Victoria (VICSERV) and Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA), the community mental health national peak body.
To view latest edition click here

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The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

This template must be used to submit the Primary Health Network’s (PHN’s) Needs Assessment report to the Department of Health (the Department) by 30 March 2016 as required under Item E.5 of the Standard Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth.

Download the pdf: The NT PHN Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Needs Assessment

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Roundtables: Developing a Model of Stepped Care in the Northern Territory.
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Invitation to join free Online Peer Support Forums

– in partnership with SANE Australia
Click on the banner to go directly to the SANE forum web page.

The SANE Forums are a safe, anonymous online community for people living with mental illness and their families, friends and carers. Thousands of Australians use the Forums everyday to support each other and share their experiences.

SANE Australia is inviting NTMHC members to join this free program, simply by integrating the service into their websites. Currently there are 49 organisations around Australia participating in the program.

First launched in May 2014, SANE is funded through the Australian Government Department of Health to develop and moderate the Forums 24/7 and carries all liability for the service.

These partnerships with community mental health organisations are vital for reaching the Forums into metropolitan, regional and rural communities around Australia, as well as providing users with diverse expertise, information, resources and referrals. Online integration of the Forums through each partner’s website creates multiple access points into the community, while reducing platform duplication in the sector and building the capacity of each partner organisation to deliver digital mental health services for their participants.

To express interest in the program, please contact:

Syl Jenson
Partnership Manager – SANE Australia
M: 0416 811 272
E: sylvia.jenson@sane.org